If you haven’t seen the interview already, we’re quite proud of it. The piece is entitled Inside the Mind… of Chris Vandersluis and is written by Dave Gordon who is featured regularly on the Business to Business News Network. Dave asks Chris to talk about the history of HMS Software and the evolution of TimeControl and to discuss for other entrepreneurs how to service some of the most well known organizations in the world as a small niche software publisher. We invite you to give it a read. The article can be found at:
Chris Vandersluis, the President of HMS has been featured recently in Canada’s Globe and Mail. The article by Mr. Vandersluis is in the Globe’s Leadership Lab section where he discusses how niche operations like HMS Software have been able to win and keep customers many times their size. You can read his article in its entirety on the Globe and Mail website.
We work on updating the vast wealth of collateral on the TimeControl website on a continuous basis. The site is one of the longest standing websites in the world and the materials on it can become dated as technology advances. In the past year we’ve made updates to factsheets, slide presentations, online webcasts and white papers.
Most recently, we have made updates to several white papers including the old Buy it or Write it has become a much more current Buy it, Subscribe to it or Write it. The paper includes a financial analysis that outlines the costs of all three options. It is available for free for anyone considering this decision. These main three architectural choices come down to:
- Buy timesheet software
The main considerations for buying timesheet software and deploying it on premise is usually to have it work within existing security architecture or to have the underlying database available for integration with other systems.
- Subscribe to timesheet software
The main reasons organizations elect to subscribe to timesheet software is for lower overall costs of ownership and to avoid the costs and complexities of internal technical support for maintenance and updates.
- Write your own customized software
For those who have timesheet software requirements that are so unique that they cannot be met by commercial off the shelf software, they may need to consider the most expensive of options and write their own software.
We’ve outlined the major advantages and challenges of each of these three options and have given some cost comparisons.
We’ve also just updated the popular Research and Development Tax Credits with TimeControl.
For a complete list of free resources such as these, visit the TimeControl Website Resources area: TimeControl.com/resources.
Our TimeControl team turned in a year of remarkable accomplishments in 2017. Here are just a few of the highlights…
In our development department, we released 2 major releases of TimeControl in versions 7.1 and 7.2. Interim versions 7.1.1 and 7.2.1 updated several features as well. The features released this year have propelled TimeControl further forward than in any period since its original release in 1994!
Among other spectacular features, were the free TimeControl Mobile App and the TimeControl API as well as:
- Line Item Approval
- No more ActiveX’s in TCi
- Primavera Web Services link
- BrightWork link
- Link to Project Online
- SharePoint bidirectional link
- Grouped timesheets
- Scheduled Autofill
- Language support for TC Mobile
For more information on what’s new with TimeControl, visit TimeControl.com/features/latest.
TC Mobile App
The release of the free TimeControl Mobile App on the Apple App store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices marked a milestone for TimeControl. TimeControl introduced one of the first mobile interfaces many years ago but the TimeControl Mobile App has to support the incredible flexibility of TimeControl along with its powerful centralized auditability. We’re very proud of the App we released. It is on an independent yet coordinated development stream so new updates of the App are released separately and are designed to always be backward compatible so the TimeControl Server and App are not required to be updated simultaneously.
TimeControl has long been acknowledged as the most flexible and integrateable timesheet in the industry thanks to the many ways external applications such as HR, Payroll, ERP, Finance and Project Management systems can be linked to it. The release of the TimeControl API gave a quantum boost to an already robust suite of integration options. Now programmers can pull from or push data to TimeControl to create an even more intimately integrated system.
Case Studies and Testimonial letters
Happy TimeControl clients continue to be our strength in the industry.
Over the last year we’ve collaborated with our clients on 3 case studies and have received more testimonial letters.
You can read case studies published in 2017 from:
and testimonials published in 2017 from:
and next week a brand new one received late in the year from Otonabee.
We appreciate each and every one of our clients and are delighted when they share their TimeControl experience with others.
Coming in 2018…
There is so much more from last year but let’s look into our crystal ball ahead to the year to come. Looking forward to 2018 promises to be even more exciting.
A major release of TC during the year will be 7.3 with a slew of new and improved features. We expect that to be released by mid-year and we’re already working on a major new version of TimeControl which we’ll be able to talk about more near the end of 2018.
Our development staff have also started research on something completely new for the project management community that we think will be of great interest to many of our TimeControl users. That we will be talking about by summer time.
We are working on new material and elements of the TimeControl website. Already there are new factsheets, slide shows web sections and online training. We’ve got lots more of that to come. Online training will be greatly expanded this year to include more extensive courses on things like report writing and customizing TimeControl. We’ve also got more collateral coming on using the new TimeControl API so stay tuned!